Executive Assistant

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College seeks a highly organized, professional executive assistant to provide administrative support within the Office of the President.  As a critical member of the administrative support team, the executive assistant will support two vice presidents, one of whom is focused on strategic fundraising and the development of new partnerships and programs, and the other who is focused on engaging faculty, students and staff in reflection, dialogue and practices that will advance an inclusive campus climate. The executive assistant will also work in close collaboration with the Senior Executive Assistant to the President to meet the broader needs of the Office of the President.

The executive assistant works closely with a range of individuals from across the College to coordinate projects and initiatives on behalf of the Office of the President. Candidates must have experience working effectively with a variety of people (different roles, diverse backgrounds, wide array of needs) and personalities as well as possess discretion and flexibility. The executive assistant serves as the primary point of contact for inquiries to the Office and works to ensure that guests/appointments are tended to in a welcoming and timely manner. Additionally, the assistant performs a wide range of administrative functions in support of the two VPs, including managing calendars, coordinating travel, organizing meetings/events, handling calls/inquiries, interfacing with donors, board members, faculty and staff, and students/families, drafting and editing correspondence and other written materials, and reconciling expenses and budgets. As a key member of the president’s office staff, the executive assistant also works to anticipate the needs of those within the office to effectively support all aspects of their work. The capacity for thoughtful communication and strong attention to detail are crucial. The position requires the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations as well as the ability to work with humor and grace under pressure and deadlines.

The executive assistant must be an effective communicator, an adept and tactical scheduler, and an agile multi-tasker. The top candidate must have an ability to handle sensitive and confidential information, prioritize competing work and deadlines, and produce highly accurate work. The assistant must be incredibly nimble and  able to successfully navigate and thrive a fast-paced, small team environment.

Qualifications include relevant administrative experience in the public or private sector, for profit or not for profit, with demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment; a Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Candidates must be creative problem-solvers and possess strong communication skills and have demonstrated an ability to build relationships and develop partnerships with a host of individuals. The position requires exemplary organizational skills and a strong technology orientation using MS Office and Google Suite.

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